Spy photographers captured Ford engineers testing what seems to be a 2022 F-150 Raptor R alongside a Ram TRX this week, giving us a sneak preview of the primary main battle within the coming battle for super-pickup dominance.
Ford has remained tight-lipped in regards to the Raptor R’s efficiency specs. We all know solely that it will likely be powered by a V8 (doubtless a variant of the 760-horsepower, supercharged 5.2-liter unit from the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500), and that it is because of break cowl a while later this yr. On condition that the 702-horsepower Ram TRX would be the Raptor R’s solely competitors (and just about the one purpose it exists within the first place), Ford’s choice to benchmark the quick Ram is a little bit of a no brainer.
The Blue Oval’s efficiency engineers have years of apply on the subject of constructing high-performance off-road vehicles, so regardless of Ram’s first-strike benefit and Hellcat trump card, the TRX would possibly really be the underdog on this combat. Why? Nicely, primarily based on what we have seen of the EcoBoost-powered 2021 Raptor thus far, it ought to weigh at the very least 500-600 kilos lower than the TRX, and whereas we anticipate that hole to shrink with the addition of the larger engine, it is doubtless that it’ll nonetheless favor Ford, and maybe considerably.
Whereas the bigger, supercharged V8 will definitely weigh greater than the EcoBoost V6, it is nonetheless an all-aluminum engine (all SRT motors are primarily based on cast-iron blocks) and Ford nonetheless has the benefit of its light-weight physique panels. There’ll doubtless be extra to the Raptor R’s chassis modifications than a brand new set of engine mounting factors, because the present Raptor was not engineered to deal with an 800-horsepower engine, however even with the chassis modifications essential to deal with that energy, we anticipate the Raptor R to be the featherweight of the 2.
Since Ford plans to get the Raptor R into manufacturing for the 2022 mannequin yr, we should not have to attend for much longer to seek out out simply precisely the way it shapes up in opposition to Ram’s huge dinosaur. Keep tuned.